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Flowers Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

Fruit was rigorously hand sorted and gently whole cluster pressed. The juice was settled off heavy lees and put to barrel for fermentation. Temperatures were in the 65-72 degree range followed by stirring of light lees for 4 months in barrel. Mostly native yeast and malo-lactic (ML) fermentations with only a few lots fermented using cultured burgundy isolates. Fermentations were complete by March of 2007.

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Flowers Vineyard & Winery:
As nursery owners in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Walt and Joan Flowers had long dreamed of combining their love of wine with their passion for agriculture. They knew they wanted to produce their favorite varietals, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir; what they didn't know was that their path would eventually lead them across country to Northern California's rugged Sonoma Coast. After responding to a sma... Read more
As nursery owners in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Walt and Joan Flowers had long dreamed of combining their love of wine with their passion for agriculture. They knew they wanted to produce their favorite varietals, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir; what they didn't know was that their path would eventually lead them across country to Northern California's rugged Sonoma Coast. After responding to a small classified ad in a national wine publication, that's exactly where they landed. In 1989, after many information-gathering trips to Napa and Sonoma, Walt and Joan purchased 321 acres, including a ridge top, high above the Pacific Ocean on the northern Sonoma Coast. With the same determination they drew on to build their successful nursery business; the Flowers proceeded with the dream of producing their favorite cool-climate varietals in a place they believed uniquely suited to growing them. Today, Flowers Winery produces 15,000 cases of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from its two estate properties, Camp Meeting Ridge and Flowers Ranch, as well as select vineyards in the coolest regions of the Sonoma Coast AVA, which are farmed to Flowers' specifications by their own crews. In addition to direct consumer sales, the wines are sold to fine restaurants and retailers in the US and overseas. Read less

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Snooth User: John Andrews
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3.50 5
03/18/2009

Nice chardonnay. Crisp but smooth. Citrus and honey with oak aroma. Good acidity, vanilla and citrus in the taste. Nice long finish. Love it.


Snooth User: Fava Bean
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3.50 5
01/29/2010

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Flowers Chardonnay Sonoma Coast

External Review
04/09/2008

For this Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, Flowers winery has maintained long-term contracts with vineyards. Extremely Burgundian in style, this is cool-climate Chardonnay at its best. Flowers has produces a white that is well-balanced, with a slight creaminess, while notes of mushroom and citrus reveal themselves on the palate.



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Tasting Notes:

Showing balanced depth and complexity, light straw to golden color, aromas unfold with layers of lemon, pear, apricot and wet stone minerality. This vintage shows crispness on the palate, with a lush and balanced citrus finish. Showing very well now and will continue to gain complexity for 1 - 3 years.

Fruit was rigorously hand sorted and gently whole cluster pressed. The juice was settled off heavy lees and put to barrel for fermentation. Temperatures were in the 65-72 degree range followed by stirring of light lees for 4 months in barrel. Mostly native yeast and malo-lactic (ML) fermentations with only a few lots fermented using cultured burgundy isolates. Fermentations were complete by March of 2007.

Aged 10 months in French Oak.

Notes: 100% French oak; 30% new. Time in barrel = 10 months

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.1% pH: 3.67
Total Acidity: 0.59 grams per liter

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